Using olfactometry to evaluate odor persistency from sites emitting odor

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Weber-Fechner Curve    An Energy Development Facility (EDF) has been evaluated as an odor source to optimize the evaluation of odor persistency. The objectives were to identify the odor characteristics and intensity from the EDF and to determine the relative contribution and variability of the different odors emitted.

   The method includes using the Odor Profile Method to identify each odor character and intensity and using olfactometry as an odor dilution system to determine the persistency of the odor, i.e., the rate of decrease of an odor with dilution. The results showed that air coming from the EDF can pose a rancid and sweet odor nuisance for the community near the EDF and possibly a weak musty odor nuisance for the area further away from the EDF. 

An odour Attribution Study to determine the relative contribution from three facilities for the development of real-time odour monitoring

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48 006a   An Odour Attribution Study is undertaken in North America for an Air Quality Management Agency that includes athering data from specific sources and ambient locations to better understand odour impacts within the local communities. Specifically, the following objectives were to be met:

  Identify odorant compounds impacting the area of concern via comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analyses; Determine the relative contribution and variability of the odorant compounds emitted from the three key source facilities; Develop a strategy for continuous real-time odorant monitoring to measure emissions impacting the community from the three key source facilities.

Navigating the complex landscape of biological odour control solutions for Waste Water applications

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Webb   Biofiltration is not a one-size-fits-all technology. In order to properly design the biological odour control process, the foul air source needs to be accurately characterized. The optimal biological odour control configuration will depend strongly on the compounds contributing to odour. Considering the application of biological odour control to wastewater treatment plants specifically, this paper first describes the most common odorous compounds and how each can be biologically degraded.

   Several case studies demonstrate the importance of selecting the proper biological technology based on the foul air source. This paper is intended as a Manual of Best Practices for environmental professionals interested in applying the latest developments in advanced biological odour control techniques.

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